These three RealPlayer files are about the best crash test dummy footage I've ever seen. They aren't the typical side-view-of-a-30-mph-head-on-collision, but are instead some examples of what can happen when testers get creative.
The first film seems like it will be a typical minivan head-on collision film, but two children are left unrestrained, and their slow-motion flights into the windshield are captured from five different angles. Dramatically, the angles are arranged so that each is more harrowing than the one before it. In fact, that's the rule for all of these films.
The second film features three different shots of a woman holding a baby in her arms in the front passenger seat. When their vehicle hits a wall at 24 mph, the slow-motion results are unforgettable. The last shot shows the horrifying image of a woman and a baby being vaulted toward the camera only to have their faces obscured by a starburst of glass as their heads try to punch through the windshield.
The final film is really two separate tests involving dummies falling out of the back of a pickup truck when it swerves sharply or broadsides a minivan. As I mentioned before, each angle accentuates the horror of the accident and is far more cinematically interesting than the one before it.
For anyone with an interest in physics or crashes, this film is a must-see. Even if you're bored with crash-test footage because you've only ever seen it from one angle, give these films a try. You won't be disappointed.
And if you like what you see, drop by the Prelinger Archives and check out this classic clip: